The package is deceiving; fresh-faced with a warm smile and gentle voice, singer-songwriter Ashley Robertson is a young woman with an already impressive amount of critical and international acclaim for her distinct brand of country music storytelling, folky introspectiveness and bluegrass energy.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, she is heavily influenced by artists such as Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Alison Krauss and Brad Paisley who inspired her to become a graduate of Belmont University’s Music Business program and move to the country music capital of the world. There in Nashville she worked with her first publisher and producer, Allen Frizzell, songwriter and brother of the legendary Lefty Frizzell. Her debut album released through Arizona label Comstock Records quickly gained critical and international success establishing a devoted fan base that propelled her songs to the top of country radio charts in several nations, even landing her recognition as one of the youngest songwriters ever to have two self-written songs make it into the top 100 on Canadian country radio. “Living in Misery”, co-written by Allen Frizzell & Bobby Taylor, gained the top spot on the American Independent, U.K. & European country charts and led to her winning European CMA Female Vocalist of the Year. The accompanying music video received play on CMT Canada and the Country Music Channel of Australia.
She again topped the U.S. Independent, European & UK country charts with her self-written bluegrass single “A Letter” and began writing and recording her sophomore album “Woman in the White Dress”. According to Larry Delaney of Country Music News she “steps into full control of the project by writing all of the songs, and producing”. Ashley was subsequently invited to perform for the prestigious Songwriter’s Showcase during the Canadian Country Music Awards and performed at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in Australia.
Two more singles “Deep in the Night” & “Woman in the White Dress” became a smash on country radio in several nations, including the number one spot on the National Aboriginal Top 30 Countdown in Canada, and the Pan-Europe Country Radio chart. Ashley’s other releases include “Back in Manitoba”, a special tribute released for the Manitoba 2010 Homecoming celebration and “Return To Me” which reached the number 2 spot on the European charts and named one of the most played country songs of 2011 worldwide by CountryBear Magazine. The song “Woman in the White Dress” also became part of the soundtrack for the Sundance Film Institute feature “Compliance”, handpicked by director Craig Zobel. The film debuted at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and received global distribution by Magnolia Pictures.
Robertson released her third album “Start Again” in 2013 which performed well on charts such as the U.S. Roots Music Report debuting at number four and single “Finished With You” was chosen by Virgin America Airlines to be featured on all their domestic U.S. flights. The single “Wild & Free” received a nice amount of radio play and she captured the top spot again on the National Aboriginal Music Countdown in Canada in 2014.
Robertson has received several nominations for Manitoba Country Music Awards over the last few years such as Single and Song of the Year for “Heatwave”, co-written with contemporary country artists Rachel Button and Fiona Culley which saw release in 2015. Winning at the 2016 Manitoba Country Music Awards for Aboriginal Artist of the Year, her latest single “How Are You My Love” is part of an awareness campaign for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women receiving frequent airplay on SiriusXM and featured by Reverbnation. She’s also performed at many events such as The CMA Music Festival, Canadian Music Week, Canadian Country Music Week, Folk Alliance International and at prestigious venues such as the Bluebird Cafe and The Ryman Auditorium opening for Grand Ole Opry stars Riders in the Sky.
At the beginning of 2017 Robertson was cast in a music documentary called “Staging the Band” which brought together four musicians all previously unknown to each other and challenged them to create and perform a set of entirely new songs in front of an audience in less than a month, guided by Juno award winning producer Dana “Rusty” Matyas. The entire process was filmed and the band christened “Modern Figures” performed their first ever show at the West End Cultural Centre in Winnipeg.
Robertson continues to collaborate with a variety of artists and songwriters and most recently received a nomination for Traditional Country Duo of the Year at the 2018 Josie Music Awards for her latest project “Aaron & Ashley” featuring herself and duo partner Aaron Prociuk. Prociuk and Robertson regularly write and perform songs together and have proven to be a popular combination selling out nearly every show they have performed since 2017. By 2018 they were invited up to perform with Vince Gill and the Time Jumpers in Nashville and performed their first showcase at the Storyteller’s Museum and Hideaway Farm, former home and performance spot of the legendary Johnny Cash in Bon Aqua, TN. With the upcoming release of their new music, the duo is looking forward to taking the international scene by storm and Robertson continues to enjoy an influential career in the world of country music.